So, I will start off with my stitching first. I know that not everyone is interested in weaving, so I will save that for last.
My first stitches, probably of this whole year, lol. I started on Mirabilia's Petal Fairy. I wanted something that might seem a little quick, and I had this Polstitches 28ct Cashel Linen in Dusky Rose in my fabric collection. It is a light brown with pinky splotches. I stitched this up in two days, and that was after frogging all of one symbol because I misread it! She is going to be so pretty!
Next up I started gridding this morning to have the fabric ready. This is PTP Dusk 28ct Luguna. Since I am gridding, can you guess what I am attempting to stitch? Geez, I can't believe I am going to try this but my ma wants the Chatelaine Polar Mandala with the center over one! Even though I loved everything else, I just didn't like the over two as much and she said that she wanted the over one center also. I told her I could take four years to stitch it, if we live past Dec. 21 he he, and she said "I don't care." I have most of the DMC colors, which I think are in the middle, so I can at least start this on Monday when the class starts. I believe that I am going to also switch the top and bottom windows and put the polar bears on top instead of the foxes.
So, onto weaving. I was thinking the other day how great it would be if I could actually weave a piece and then cross stitch on it. It is something I may try in the future. I can just imagine using some hand dyed fabric, or hand spun, and after weaving, using that for stitching something special!
These are my three first towels that I wove on the Baby Wolf. The draft I used came out of Weaver's Craft, April/May 2000, the Yellow Towel. The warp was an ecru 5/2 cotton. I used a green, yellow, and rose weft of 5/2 cotton. I really love how they came out after I washed them. I think the detail is so pretty when you look at them up close. I hemmed them on my sewing machine, and though they aren't the nicest hems, for my first try I am pretty ecstatic.
Next up is my HansenCrafts minispinner that I have never posted. I have the Wenge, and it is beautiful. I should be trying to spin everyday, but lately I just have not had the time. Since I have an electric one, hopefully ma will learn to use it and she will spin, then I will use the handspun for weaving. I know I have to practice everyday to learn, but I hope to get the hang of it soon. It comes with some fiber already spun on it, ready for you to start spinning.
Hopefully I will have some updates on something next week. Maybe a start on the Chatelaine Polar Mandala.